NTT DOCOMO said it will launch a new prepaid SIM service called 'Japan Welcome SIM ' that will allow foreign travelers to access the Internet through the DOCOMO network during their stay in Japan, starting July 1st, 2017.
DOCOMO will be offering three 15-day plans as part of this service, including Plan Zero, Plan 1000 and Plan 1700. Plan Zero (available from Oct. 2017) will allow users to access the Internet for free at 128 Kbps in exchange for viewing a certain number of video advertisements and filling out a survey prior to arriving in Japan.
Travelers can apply for the service online via a dedicated website prior to leaving their home country and retrieve the SIM card from a location such as Narita, Haneda or Kansai International airport upon arrival in Japan. The SIM card, available in regular, micro and nano formats, provides users with access to DOCOMO's network for 15 days and is compatible with smartphones and tablets without the need for APN settings.
As part of DOCOMO's "+d" initiative to create new value through collaboration, DOCOMO partners will be able to sell the 'Japan Welcome SIM' to foreign travelers visiting Japan in conjunction with their own services. This B2B2C service will initially be offered in partnership with Tokyu Hotels and Booking.com, with DOCOMO looking to gradually expand its partner base moving forward. Partners will have the choice of a 'set offer' or 'count free' service.